Building NIC Together

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BUILD 2026 is North Island College’s commitment to ensure students are at the centre of everything we do. It is our promise to support the unique people and communities of Vancouver Island and the Central Coast through individualized learning.

More than 1,500 community members shared their educational priorities during our strategic planning consultations before the pandemic. Since then, COVID-19 and the rapid expansion of digital learning have eliminated some geographic barriers for some students while raising new obstacles for many others. Economies are continuing to shift and students and communities have not been affected equally.

We need to know, how

BUILD 2026 is North Island College’s commitment to ensure students are at the centre of everything we do. It is our promise to support the unique people and communities of Vancouver Island and the Central Coast through individualized learning.

More than 1,500 community members shared their educational priorities during our strategic planning consultations before the pandemic. Since then, COVID-19 and the rapid expansion of digital learning have eliminated some geographic barriers for some students while raising new obstacles for many others. Economies are continuing to shift and students and communities have not been affected equally.

We need to know, how has the pandemic changed your learning needs? What programs, services, or supports do you, and your community, need to thrive? Please map your feedback, sign the guestbook or use the tools below to share your voice.

Throughout BUILD 2026, you will see many references to college and community. And, while these words are at the heart of who we are and what we do, their definitions have never been more complex.

For nearly 50 years, our overarching mandate has been to serve the educational needs of adults from Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s West Coast to Bella Coola on the BC Central Coast. We continue to proudly serve the region’s people and communities, whose rich cultures, demographics, economies and educational goals are defined by more than geography. Together, we are constantly changing.

We are honoured to live and learn on the territories of 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions. We are committed to Indigenous-led programs and services and we acknowledge education’s important role in reconciliation. We pledge to continuously learn as we work to support diverse learning needs across the region together.

Our strategy will adapt to place the individual learning needs of people at its core. It will include students who are the first in their family to attend college, workers who are reshaping their careers, high school graduates and non-graduates, university students learning new skills, international students, Indigenous students, and many others who rely on education to realize their goals and dreams.

The students and communities we serve have always driven our program development, services, and delivery. Though we are comparatively small, very few colleges across BC offer the same range or depth of programming as NIC.

BUILD 2026 is our commitment to keep listening, and responding with educational programs, services and delivery methods that meet students and communities where they are now and where they want to be in the future.

Our vision is to deliver BC’s best individualized education and training experience for students.

We need to know, what do you need from NIC now and in future years? How can we deliver on this vision for you?

  • NIC Board Approves Strategic Plan

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    NIC’s Board of Governors approved BUILD 2026 NIC’s strategic plan 2021-2026 on Thursday, May 27, 2021 paving the way for us to realize our exciting new vision for the College in the next five years.

    The strategic plan builds on the values and core ideas heard in the region in 2019 and 2020, integrates the learnings of the fall 2020 academic plan, Widening Our Doorways & a 10-Point Plan to Reset, Reshape and Renew Learning at NIC, and is informed by ongoing discussions with students, employees, and communities.

    The consultation has informed almost every aspect of the plan – including an improved mission statement and a more detailed environment section, revealed on Thursday.

    Working together with the Indigenous Education Council and Kelly Shopland, NIC’s Director of Indigenous Education, we are grateful to co-launch BUILD with the first Indigenization Plan in NIC history, on June, 21 National Indigenous Day. The two plans will work in tandem during the next five years as the College works toward lasting and meaningful reconciliation. We will celebrate and promote BUILD 2026 more widely with students and employees in September.

    The College now moves to designating responsible leads and teams for each section of the plan and establishing the budgeting and reporting processes to support the plan’s implementation.

    The consultation process with the community is ongoing.

    "I want to thank the NIC Board of Governors for their input, approval, and support; the College Plan Committee and NIC’s Education Council for their perspectives and feedback; and every student, employee or community member who took the time to meet with me or provide input online," said NIC President Lisa Domae. "You have made my first six weeks incredibly rewarding."

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  • Quick Poll Closed

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    Thank you for participating in the Quick Poll on NIC's Mission Statement. The poll is now closed.

    In total, 169 people responded to the poll, with 29% of participants (or 49 people) voting for the original statement "NIC builds healthy and resilient communities, one student at a time." Twelve votes behind, with 22.5% of the votes, was very similar, "Together, NIC builds healthy and resilient communities, one student at a time." Many more people voiced their opinion at College Plan Committee meetings, or voted via email, letting us know what needed to be changed. We appreciate every response.

    Our new proposed mission, which will be presented to the Board of Governors on May 27, is posted in this news brief.

    The statement now reflects students studying off Island or outside the region, greater collaboration with community partners, and alignment with the soon-to-be-released Indigenization Plan, which shares part of the same name. The word resilient, which has become heavily associated with COVID-19, has been replaced with “thriving.”

    Feel free to comment, or provide additional feedback, using the Ask a Question, Map your Feedback, Share your Story, or Sign the Guestbook tools.

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